"Short stories and travel reports from my life adventures around the globe".
Contract negotiations can be a funny thing. In the spring of 2018 I found myself in the manager’s office at school thrashing out the possibility of a second year in Rui’an, China. I felt settled both professionally and personally and was enjoying that rare sensation of knowing that, for the time being at least, I was exactly where I needed to be.
Fuck, I thought, when she agreed to my salary demands without even blinking, should have aimed higher. Getting an increase in annual leave however proved a step too far, so I reluctantly accepted defeat on that front and hit her with the bombshell that I wanted a one-month break between contracts. “A month!??”“Yes”, I insisted, “I wanna go to Vietnam!”
So off I set, taking a train to the Chinese city of Guangzhou for my three-hour flight to Hanoi. It was my first time in Vietnam, a glorious four weeks of mostly uncrushed exploration. Have a look at my articles on: